Cycle Engage UK’s elite women’s cycling project Team RGB Building Supplies is very pleased to be racing in the Tour Series.
The national series of city centre events are one of the pinnacles of the British cycling competitive calendar and is an annual spectacle with rounds held in major cities across the country. Drawing huge crowds and televised to a national audience the fast paced and technical racing is an exciting and adrenaline packed experience for spectators and competitors alike.
Team RGB Building Supplies' elite women will be lining up alongside a select group of the nation’s top cycling teams to battle for position in each of the 8 rounds of the Tour Series events. With world class UCI registered teams such as Team WNT Pro Cycling and Drops Cycling Team also taking to the start, our riders will be challenging some of the very best cyclists in the UK.
We will be launching our elite women’s cycling team at Bike Chain Bissoe on the 7th April 2017 and we’d like to invite you to come!
As part of our community initiatives to improve and promote participation in cycling, we’ve created an elite women’s cycling team. We’ll be revealing all the team’s sponsors, riders and race calendar at the launch on Friday the 7th of April, and it’s open to everyone to attend.
The event is graciously hosted by one of our sponsors, Bike Chain Ricci at their Bissoe cycle cafe. We’ll have food, drink, local coffee, alcohol, and some great company.
In keeping with our team ethos and desire to get more “bums on seats” the evening is open to the public and families are especially welcome. We’ve got prizes for the roller racing and think it’ll be a great night for all.
Please do come along and find out what we’re about!
Once the riders, staff and sponsors are all introduced there will be an informal Q+A session for guests to get to know more about the rider’s aims, objectives and views on all things #womenscycling.
To get the party started (and running all evening!) there will be Rollapaluza roller racing. With adult and child bikes, everyone can take part in short 30 second races and challenge mums, dads, friends and enemies!
Launch event schedule:
6pm – Official team launch
6.30 pm – Q+A with team
7pm – Rollapaluza and party time!
Bike Chain Bissoe
Old Conns Works,
This weekend the team met up in Cornwall to take part in a social ride with Bike Chain Ricci.
Bike Chain Ricci is a Cornish bike shop in Redruth with a bike hire and cafe in Bissoe. Set up by local legend Richard Pascoe, Bike Chain Ricci is renowned for their passion for cycling and Ricci works very hard to grow and promote cycling in the community.
Bike Chain Bissoe has become a central meeting point for cyclists in Cornwall: when the team arrived the cafe was already bustling with families and cyclists of all ages.
Bike Chain Ricci run a very successful academy for youth and junior riders and it was great to join lots of keen young cyclists on their training circuit before peeling off for a longer ride through Cornwall.
After we’d filled up on coffee, cake and bacon baps it was time to move on to the main Bike Chain Ricci shop in Redruth. Whilst looking around the Bike Chain Pro store Ricci also shared some great insights into the world of elite cycling.
Thank you so much to Ricci and your team for making us feel so welcome and showing us beautiful Cornwall. We loved talking with everyone and sharing our love for cycling. We’re looking forward to our next visit already!
Team founders Tom and Alice Staniford have been speaking with Neutral Service about Cycle Engage UK, women’s cycling and their plans for the year ahead.
Neutral Service is a news site dedicated to promoting women’s cycling and sharing stories and news of British female cyclists. John Orbea’s ‘Ten Minutes With…‘ series interviews some of the leading names in British women’s cycling and we were very pleased to be approached to share our story.
At least once a month we meet up to train together, catch up on gossip and learn some new routes in each others’ area. This weekend we were led by Exmouth local Jenny Bolsom who took us on a tour of some of her favourite training roads around East Devon.
Although outside of the National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor, East Devon is a pretty hilly place and we still managed to do quite a bit of climbing. We even came over Peak Hill (2006 National Hill Climb) but were rewarded with freshly made doughnuts on Sidmouth sea front.
This week we met up at Trek MK to get measured up for our bike fits. We worked with fitter Kieran Rafferty to dial in our positions and make sure we have our bikes set up properly for the season ahead.
Power is nothing without stability.We've had a great couple of days fitting the Cycle Engage UK women's team….
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Here’s our #MannequinChallenge with Sophie on the jig with Kieran, Hannah trying on our Bontrager Velocis helmet, Lucy trying to squeeze her foot into our Bontrager Meraj shoes whilst Jenny tries to escape with one of our race bikes, the Trek Emonda SL6 Pro!
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On Monday night we also held an informal meet and greet with the team which allowed us to get to know some of Trek MK’s local cyclists, catch up with some long time supporters and answer some great questions about the future of the team, women’s cycling and our top tips on training.
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We carried on getting to know each other as we followed one of Tom and Alice’s favourite training routes through Devon. This was a chance for everyone to learn a little more about each other and also get used to riding with each other.